As part of the French Navy’s deployment in Asia that aims to cultivate regional stability, international rule of law, and partnerships among Asian countries, the French surveillance frigate, Vendémiaire (F743), arrived in the country on Tuesday, March 8.
The visiting French Navy was welcomed on its port call to the Philippines by select representatives and personnel from the Philippine Navy headed by Commander Cyrus Mendoza, the commanding officer of BRP Conrado Yap (PS39).
The French Navy personnel will have limited interactions with their Filipino counterparts during the scheduled shipboard tour, and send-off ceremony on March 11 with customary passing exercise (PASSEX) between the Vendémiaire and a PN ship at a pre-designated location.
All of the activities to be conducted during the visit will adhere strictly to the existing health and bio-safety protocols.
It can be recalled that the frigates port call comes after the visit of Rear Adm. Jean-Mathieu Rey, Joint Commander of the French Armed Forces in the Asia Pacific (ALPACI), together with the French Ambassador to the Philippines, Michèle Boccoz at the PN headquarters on March 7, where they discussed interoperability, readiness to work together and explore possible areas of collaborations between the two nations’ navies.
The French Navy and the PN continue to foster the strong partnership that France and the Philippines have pursued through the years through a friendly and cooperative diplomatic relation. This port call highlights both navies’ commitment to promoting maritime cooperation and regional stability.